Saturday, May 24, 2008


Written by Neill Abayon

Obesity is a chronic condition that affects millions of people. The successful management of obesity requires a comprehensive, long-term treatment plan. The national Institute of Health (NIH) in the US defines obesity as a body mass index (BMI). Your BMI is a number calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. Obesity is also defined as an increase of at least 30 percent above ideal body weight.
Not simply a cosmetic problem, obesity is a risk factor for coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, liver disease, sleep apnea, certain cancers and depression.
Traditional obesity treatments consists of a proper diet, regular exercise and behavior modification. However, in patients with life-threatening obesity, anti-obesity drugs and surgery may help.
There's a pill for everything under the sun. Obesity is no different. In fact many people spend lots of money on new miracle drugs that promise to throw off the weight. Maybe those drugs deserve a second look.

I will make a post on my next article about anti-obesity drugs in my next post.

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